Corkle races down to the dressing room. There, Joe passes along information from Mr. Jordan that Farnsworth's body is in a refrigerator in the basement of the mansion. Corkle tells the detective, who promptly has Mrs. Farnsworth and the secretary arrested. As Murdoch, Joe fires his old, crooked manager and hires Corkle. Mr. Jordan reveals to Joe that this is his destiny; he can be Murdoch and live his life.
Film critic Leonard Maltin noted that Here Comes Mr. Jordan was an "Excellent fantasy-comedy of prizefighter Montgomery accidentally sent to heaven before his time, forced to occupy a new body on earth. Hollywood moviemaking at its best, with first-rate cast and performances."
Principal photography began on April 21, 1941, and ran until June 5, 1941. Location shooting took place at Providencia Ranch, California, and on Universal City sound stages.
Alexander Hall’s 1941 film showcased Robert Montgomery’s star power and, with its premise of a death revoked, provided much-needed comic relief to war-worried audiences. Read more »
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There are some nice comic moments peppered throughout, but more interesting than the film itself is its influence on film and TV.
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Here Comes Mr. Jordan was followed by Down to Earth (1947), in which two of the actors reprised their roles. Warren Beatty remade it in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait. The premise of guardian angels was the focus of other Hollywood features, including I Married an Angel (1942); A Guy Named Joe (1943); Angel on My Shoulder (1946), in which Rains plays the Devil; and Angels in the Outfield (1951), but it all began with Here Comes Mr. Jordan.
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First and easily the best version of the story.
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.
The appealing theme of predestination is expressed by [Rain's] Mr. Jordan ... making this one of the few rom-coms expressly for Presbyterians.
“There isn't a single misstep in this comedy of supernatural proportions. The ending is a bit bittersweet, though.”
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A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (aka Heaven Can Wait and Mr. Jordan Comes to Town) (1941) is a romantic comedy-fantasy film in which a boxer, mistakenly taken to Heaven before his time, is given a second chance back on Earth. It stars Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains and Evelyn Keyes. Here Comes Mr. Jordan was adapted by Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller from the play Heaven Can Wait, written by Harry Segall and directed by Alexander Hall.
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juggles the tones and genre shifts with an impressive deftness that makes it feel all of a piece even though, in many ways, it is all over the place
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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
The film is surprisingly sharp-edged and caustic for 1941 fare.
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Mr. Jordan has the right kind of love for itself: it isn't self-glorifying or self-fetishizing so much as it is contagiously warm toward its characters and besotted with its tenderly ambitious script
Healing the gunshot wound and at the same time removing Joe's memory of his past life, Mr. Jordan hangs around for a bit longer until Miss Logan arrives. She wanted to see Corkle, but runs into Murdoch instead. The pair feel they have met before. The two go off together, while Mr. Jordan smiles and says "So long, champ."
A mildly amusing comedy fantasy that was extremely popular during WWII and later served as the basis for Warren Beatty's 1978 Heaven Can Wait.
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